Posted by shuchi on November 4th, 2011
I generally have mixed feelings about Hamilton’s puzzles and this was no different. I like the conversational surface of some clues like 21A, 15D, 19D but wasn’t too happy with a few others (details below).
My solving was slow today largely due to not knowing the local details (geography, slang, etc.) referenced in some of the clues. Wikipedia has been a friend in need.
1 NEARBY NIMBY (local protestor) – I’M + EAR (attention). Nimby is an acronym for “not in my back yard”, the term used pejoratively to describe a person who opposes new development in the .
4 PLEACH PREACH (lecture), with R changed to L.
8 YOGHURT initial letters of ‘You Only Got’ HURT (upset)
9 COMPLEX dd; the first definition refers to the type Freud-Jung dabbled in.
11 TENANTLESS (LET NAN)* in TESS (Hardy girl). A couple of problems with this clue: the container isn’t fairly indicated and the definition points to a noun, but the answer is an adjective.
12 ROOT sounds like ROUTE (the way)
13 BISON BIN (wine container) around SO (thus)?
14 EMISSARY (MISERY AS)*
16 REQUESTS QU (question) E (European), in RESTS (intervals)
18 SEBUM hidden in ‘gooSEBUMps’
20 OKRA O (old), ARK (boat) reversed. Also called lady’s fingers.
21 BOTTICELLI (ITLL BE OCT)* I. Sandro Botticelli (1445 – 1510) was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance.
23 FOLKIES FOLKS (family) around IE (that’s). Another name for folk musicians. My last answer in. I was thrown off the scent by the strange order of the container components and indicator.
24 CLOTHES cd. They may come after bed in “bedclothes”, and clothes get pressed i.e. ironed. // Update: Also, “before the press” = clothespress. Thanks scchua.
25 NUDITY Except that the word ‘clothes’ has to be fit into the clue, this is a straight definition; the exclamation mark is unnecessary.
26 UDDERS JUDDERS (shakes) – J (Jack). The word ‘judders’ is new to me. The dictionary lists it as chiefly British, a blend of jolt + shudder.
1 NIOBE NI (Ulster, another name for North Ireland) OBE (honour). Niobe is a female character in Greek mythology who was turned into stone.
2 ASHRAMS ASS (animal) around (HARM)*. Not convinced about ‘suffers’ as anagram indicator before the fodder.
3 BARITONES (TORIES BAN)*
5 LYONS LYON (French city) S (special). J. Lyons & Co. was a chain of British tea shops, founded in 1887.
6 ASPIRES (PRAISES)*
7 HIEROGRAM HERO (male lead) around I (one), GRAM (little weight). A hierogram is a sacred symbol, like the Christian cross.
10 NECESSITY dd, taking ‘fundamental’ as a noun.
13 BREAKDOWN triple definition? ‘Analysis’ and ‘separation’ fit well, but ‘out of order’ doesn’t grammatically equal ‘breakdown’. Or is it BREAK (separation) + DOWN (out of order), with ‘is’ as padding?
15 INSTILLED IN (popular) ED (journalist), around STILL (quiet) 17 UNASKED UNMASKED (revealed) – M (Mike, from the phonetic alphabet)
19 BREATHE WREATHE (crown) with W (white) changed to B (black)
21 BRENT A place in north London which gets its name from Celtic words meaning “high place”.
A GK-based straight definition. // Update: Gaufrid points out that this is a double def. clue: BRENT is a Scottish word meaning ‘lofty’ according to Chambers.
LEEDS I could find references to Leeds manorial borough of the pre-industrial Revolution era. How does “Sheffield’s finest back” work? Help invited.LEETS a reversal of STEEL, Sheffield Steel being regarded as the finest of its type. LEET is a special court presided by the lords of certain manors in olden times. Thanks for all the helpful comments.
Noticed the Nina after posting the blog (thanks to Pelham Barton’s comment#9 ), and it has raised my appreciation of the puzzle . The unchecked letters on the perimeter of the grid, starting at the top-left and moving clockwise, read:
“I SAY SIXTY IS THE NEW FORTY”